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Hires up in professional and business services over the year, November 2020

January 14, 2021

Overall, the number of hires in November 2020 was little changed from a year earlier. There were a total of 5,439,000 hires in November 2019, compared with 5,590,000 in November 2020. Hires increased in professional and business services; transportation, warehousing, and utilities; and nondurable goods manufacturing. Hires decreased in accommodation and food services.

Hires by industry, November 2019 and November 2020, not seasonally adjusted
Industry November 2019 November 2020 Over-the-year change in number of hires,
November 2019 to November 2020

Professional and business services

1,051,000 1,183,000 132,000

Retail trade

958,000 951,000 -7,000

Accommodation and food services

751,000 659,000 -92,000

Health care and social assistance

537,000 568,000 31,000

Transportation, warehousing, and utilities

393,000 493,000 100,000


322,000 304,000 -18,000

Durable goods manufacturing

178,000 202,000 24,000

Other services

186,000 180,000 -6,000

Nondurable goods manufacturing

117,000 155,000 38,000

Finance and insurance

128,000 147,000 19,000

State and local government, excluding education

126,000 131,000 5,000

Wholesale trade

126,000 127,000 1,000

Arts, entertainment, and recreation

133,000 108,000 -25,000

State and local government education

112,000 90,000 -22,000

Educational services

79,000 75,000 -4,000

Federal government

63,000 69,000 6,000

Real estate and rental and leasing

75,000 64,000 -11,000


87,000 57,000 -30,000

Mining and logging

18,000 27,000 9,000

Note: Hires are the number of hires during the entire month. Data for the most recent month are preliminary.

The number of hires in professional and business services increased from 1,051,000 in November 2019 to 1,183,000 in November 2020. In transportation, warehousing, and utilities hires increased from 393,000 to 493,000 over this 12-month period.

Hires decreased in accommodation and food services decreased from 751,000 in November 2019 to 659,000 a year later.

These data are from the Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey and are not seasonally adjusted. Data for the most recent month are preliminary. To learn more, see "Job Openings and Labor Turnover — November 2020." Also see more charts on job openings, hires, and separations, and Impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Job Openings and Labor Turnover data for November 2020.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Hires up in professional and business services over the year, November 2020 at (visited July 23, 2024).

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